ASHLAND, Ore. - A man died Monday afternoon at a remote swimming area north of Howard Prairie Lake. On June 17, 2019, at 4:10 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a juvenile had been found unresponsive in the water at the Keno Rock Quarry, located on Keno Access Road just south of Dead Indian Memorial Road.Read More
Jackson County, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives believe a man investigated on child luring and abuse charges in Texas and in Jackson County may have more victims. Robert Bernard Ernst, 38, formerly of Medford, has been in federal custody in Texas since the spring of 2018 after an arrest for enticement of a minor for indecent purposes.Read More
Jackson County, Ore. – With the seasonal closure of many mountain roads comes a reminder to travelers: don’t forget to use common sense when using driving directions from GPS or cell phone map apps! Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) deputies have already responded to calls involving people who followed directions provided by their phone’s mapping system – and ended up stranded on closed or unmaintained roads.Read More
Because of mail thefts that had occurred in the area, a Keno resident decided to install a GPS tracking device in a decoy package, and then left the package in a mailbox to see what would happen.
On Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at about 11:00 pm, the resident contacted Klamath 911 and advised dispatchers that the GPS-armed decoy package had been taken and was transmitting its whereabouts as it traveled towards Klamath Falls. Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was subsequently confirmed to be in possession of the stolen package.Read More
ASHLAND, Ore. – As the winter recreation season begins, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials are sharing tips to stay safe in the snow. SAR personnel are gearing up to help when needed, but they urge people to do their part to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place.Read More
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. - Life jackets and a Good Samaritan saved the lives of a local couple whose canoe capsized on Fish Lake Thursday. JCSO marine patrol deputies and volunteers from Rocky Point Fire responded just after noon.Read More
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Following two rescue missions on Mt. McLoughlin in the last week, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue (SAR) officials are offering safety reminders to hikers. The change of seasons means unpredictable weather, colder nights, and an earlier sunset. Hikers who have planned ahead and have adequate supplies are more likely to have a safe outcome.Read More
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man whose body was found near the Bear Creek Greenway following the Peninger Fire. An autopsy Friday confirmed he died as a result of Tuesday's fire.Read More
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are conducting a death investigation in an area burned in Tuesday’s Peninger Fire. Investigators have not yet concluded whether the person died before or during the fire.Read More
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives are working with Fire District 3 investigators to determine the cause of the Peninger Fire. Detectives would like to talk to anyone who may have information that will assist in the investigation.Read More
ASHLAND, Ore. – While the Klamathon Fire has not reached Oregon, Jackson County Search and Rescue officials are preemptively urging hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts to avoid forested areas near the Oregon-California border.Read More
Deputies are warning online consumers to beware of a business that claims to be located in Medford. On December 28, 2017, a woman from Ohio called the Jackson County Sheriff's Office to report a potential scam involving an online company located at 3491 South Pacific Highway. The caller was about to wire money to "KSD Trailers LLC" to purchase a horse trailer; but, her bank warned her the funds were destined for an account in Spain. Upon further investigation, the woman realized the business was likely a fraud.Read More
A driver who fled from a crash that left two children injured is now in custody. On Monday, deputies arrested Rowdy Winterhawk Decker, 37, of Klamath Falls, on multiple charges including the felony crimes of second degree assault, third degree assault, and failure to perform the duties of a driver when persons are injured ("hit and run").Read More
ASHLAND – Investigators have identified the suspect in Saturday’s homicide at Callahan’s Lodge as Neal Brian Norman, 50, of Pacific Grove, Calif. Norman had no prior contacts with law enforcement in Jackson County. Detectives believe Norman was driving his white 1999 Honda Accord with California license plates to Oregon to visit a relative, but he ran out of gas near Callahan’s Lodge.
Investigators learned that Norman initially went into the lobby to use the phone, and then returned to his vehicle. He came back into the lodge with a rifle and went into the kitchen, where he shot and killed the cook, Ryan Paul Bagley, 40, of Ashland. Norman left the lodge parking lot in Bagley’s vehicle, a maroon 1993 Subaru Legacy wagon.Read More